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Go Get Avenged

On Sunday afternoon, I went to see The Avengers with my husband and my six year old son.  We had been looking forward to this movie ever since we heard of its creation and were eager to get in to see it before anyone had the chance to ruin it for us; it’s impossible to fully avoid spoilers when you’re part of any social networking site, especially Twitter.  The theater we attended had so much interest in the movie that they had to open a second theater for the 2:30pm showing.  Thankfully, my husband and I were able to keep empty seats to either side of us and have a small privacy buffer.  I have bad luck at theaters.

The film, written and directed by Joss Whedon and featured in 2D and 3D, features an amazing cast including Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, the incredible Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, among other amazing talents.  The film follows Nick Fury as he recruits a team to prevent Loki from utilizing Tesseract to help him enslave the human race and wreak havoc on Earth.

I was a bit skeptical about Mark Ruffalo assuming the role of Bruce Banner prior to seeing The Avengers.  I hated Eric Bana in the role but loved Edward Norton.  My husband told me that Ruffalo better resembled the comic image of Bruce Banner, as Norton is a bit too scrawny, but I wasn’t sold until I saw him on the big screen.  Ruffalo was a perfect fit; he came across as genuine and I instantly forgot that he hadn’t been Banner all along.  He had great chemistry with the entire cast, mainly with Downey Jr., and I hope to see him in the role again.  Two of my favorite Hulk moments [SPOILER] were when Hulk punched Thor in the face, knocking him off screen, for no reason whatsoever, and when he threw Loki around like a rag doll in Stark Tower. [END SPOILER]  The entire theater was in hysterics.

Johansson was brilliant as Romanoff; she was worlds better in Avengers than she was in Iron Man 2.  Her first scene [SPOILER] showed her tied to a chair, acting as a vulnerable female, when she received the call to begin recruiting the team.  Instantly, the timid woman was gone and we watched her kick some Russian ass.  Unlike some fight scenes with women where I feel that it’s totally unrealistic, I believed Johansson fully capable of beating the crap out of the men who held her captive.  [END SPOILER]  She was gorgeous and captivating and I was glad to see her step it up for this movie.

Downey Jr. was put on this Earth to be Tony Stark.  He IS Tony Stark.  Downey Jr. was the highlight of the movie for me; absolutely hilarious, dropping incredibly funny one liners, and slaying the audience.  I have to put some of his quotes in here, I can’t help it.  [SPOILER]  “Dr. Banner, your work is unparalleled. And I’m a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster.”  “You might have missed a couple things, y’know, doing time as a Capsicle.”  “You really have got a lid on it, haven’t you? What’s your secret? Mellow jazz? Bongo drums? Huge bag of weed?”  “Of the people in this room, which one is A, wearing a spangly outfit and B, not of use?”  “Better clench up, Legolas.”  [END SPOILER QUOTES]  Sorry, I’m done.  I honestly would love it if Downey Jr. did nothing else with his life but  put Stark on the silver screen.

I enjoyed the way the team was assembled as well.  [SPOILER]  Romanoff went off to recruit Banner, who was more than reluctant to go along.  Stark just crashed the party.  Thor at first seemed to be against the team, but it later turned out he was trying to assist in his own way and he did quickly join.  It put a touch of realism into the plot, as it wouldn’t have seemed right if everyone was all sunshine and rainbows about partnering with people they don’t really know and may not fully trust.  [END SPOILER]  Hiddleston made for a devious and frightening Loki and I enjoyed him more in this film than I did in Thor; he is perfect for the role.  It was amazing to see these huge talents and amazing heroes working all together.  It must have been a dream for the production staff to put together this movie.

We took our almost 7 year old to see this and there were a couple scenes that made me slightly uncomfortable having a kid there.  People getting shot, stabbed, an unfortunate incident with someone’s face, and people vanishing into explosions with no hope of survival.  There is a lot of death, especially in the final scenes of the movie, so take care if you are bringing a child.  Also, and this is important, don’t bring your kid if they aren’t old enough to be in elementary school or can’t keep quiet.  There was a small 3 year old behind me that made gun noises, squealed at the screen, and jumped up and down throughout the movie.  There was a girl behind my husband who constantly asked “WHO/WHAT IS THAT?” while pointing at the screen.  Parents, get a sitter so you can see the movie with the rest of the adults and wait until video to let your kid see it if you haven’t raised them properly and they don’t behave in a theater.

Overall, this is one of the greatest superhero movies out there, hands down.  I’m sure you haven’t shut up about it if you’ve seen it and have listened to coworkers and friends rave about it since they saw it.  If you have yet to see it, stay through the credits!  This is a rule for every superhero movie out there!  There is an extra scene after the credits for the main cast and another scene at the very end when the credits wrap.  The first extra scene is the “major” one, while the second is more for fun, but definitely stay for both.  I leave you with a bit of dialogue.  Yep, [SPOILER]

Thor: I care how you speak. Loki is beyond reason, but he is of Asgard. And he is my brother.
Natasha Romanoff: He killed eighty people in two days.
Thor: He’s adopted.

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About Jamie C. Baker

“Long time no see. I only pray the caliber of your questions has improved.” - Kevin Smith

Posted on May 7, 2012, in TV/Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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